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Two of the coun­try’s top his­to­ri­ans Jan­ina Ramirez and Guy de la Bé­doyère will be speak­ing as part of Abbey 900 at Cirences­ter Parish Church. Known as The Win­stone Talks, the two events are spon­sored by The K D Win­stone Char­i­ta­ble Trust and are held in part­ner­ship with the Glouces­ter His­tory Fes­ti­val and the Corinium Mu­seum.

Jan­ina Ramirez Abbey Life Un­cov­ered What was life re­ally like at a Me­dieval Abbey? To cel­e­brate the 900th an­niver­sary of Cirences­ter’s Abbey of St Mary, au­di­ences are be­ing of­fered an en­ter­tain­ing in­sight into the role the Abbey played in everyday city life. How did the monks live? What did they eat? How did they help the towns­folk? Ox­ford his­to­rian Jan­ina Ramirez, pre­sen­ter of BBC Four’s Saints and Sin­ners: Bri­tain’s Mil­len­nium of Monas­ter­ies and with Alas­tair Sooke An Art Lovers’ Guide, lifts the lid on monas­tic life to show a re­al­ity rather dif­fer­ent from what we of­ten think.

Date: Wed­nes­day 4 Oc­to­ber Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm Venue: Cirences­ter Parish Church Ad­dress: Mar­ket Place, Cirences­ter GL7 2NX Book­ing Ref: A1 Ticket Price: £5

Guy de la Bé­doyère Prae­to­rian: Rome’s Im­pe­rial Body­guard One of Bri­tain’s lead­ing his­to­ri­ans Guy de la Bé­doyère is au­thor of a widely-ad­mired se­ries of books on Ro­man his­tory and has ap­peared on pro­grammes in­clud­ing Chan­nel 4’s Time Team and Chan­nel 5’s Pom­peii Live. His crit­i­cally-ac­claimed new book tells the story of the Prae­to­rian Guard who de­fended the Ro­man Em­per­ors from Au­gus­tus to Con­stan­tine, ex­plor­ing the his­tory of Im­pe­rial Rome through their eyes. Vivid and ac­ces­si­ble – and told with clar­ity and panache – Guy’s story of the Prae­to­rian Guard is ‘warmly rec­om­mended both to as­pir­ing tyrants and the or­di­nary arm­chair his­to­rian.’

Date: Sun­day 19 Novem­ber Time: 2.30pm-3.30pm Venue: Cirences­ter Parish Church Ad­dress: Mar­ket Place, Cirences­ter GL7 2NX Book­ing Ref: A2 Ticket Price: £5

Tick­ets to these two events in Cirences­ter can be booked via the Glouces­ter His­tory Fes­ti­val’s book­ing sys­tem at Glouces­ter’s Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre. Call 01452 396 572 or buy on­line at www. glouces­tertick­et­ AND can be ob­tained in CIRENCES­TER Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre in the CORINIUM MU­SEUM, Park Street, Cirences­ter GL7 2BX Call 01285 654180

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